CNA Staff, Aug 18, 2020 / 09:32 am
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. will offer a Mass of Peace and Justice on August 28, the 57th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.
The archdiocese announced the Mass on Monday, which will commemorate the civil rights march on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" address at the Lincoln Memorial.
The Mass will also be offered on the same date as a newly-planned anti-racism march on Washington, organized by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network with the title "Get Your Knee off Our Necks." The title is in reference to Minneapolis police using a chokehold on George Floyd, a Black man, who died following the incident on May 25; Sharpton announced the march during a memorial for Floyd.
According to the archdiocesan newspaper Catholic Standard, the mass will be livestreamed from St. Matthew's Cathedral at 4 p.m. Joining Archbishop Gregory as concelebrants will be the auxiliary bishops of Washington, Bishops Mario Dorsonville, Roy E. Campbell, and Michael Fisher.